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Mourning in Russia

Wednesday, March 21, 2007, 17:55 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Do you remember how devastating the news of 12 dead miners in West Virginia was at the beginning of 2006? Multiply that by about nine and that is what Russians are dealing with now.

Hopes of saving three missing miners dwindled on Wednesday as rescuers said it could take days to reach them in a coal mine where 107 died in the Russian Federation’s worst mine disaster since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union.

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Rescuers at the Ulyanovskaya mine in Siberia’s Kemerovo region said they had not given up hope of finding the three miners alive but chances were now slim, 48 hours after a massive gas explosion swept through the pit.

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Elsewhere, pathologists were continuing the grim task of identifying the bodies, many of which were disfigured in the explosion.

This isn’t terrorism (as far as anyone has reported). It isn’t a natural disaster. It’s the result of dangerous work made more so by a failure to take sufficient safety precautions.

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